|Early 20th Century Russian Icon of St. Michael|
- To fight against Satan.
- To rescue the souls of the faithful from the power of the enemy, especially at the hour of death.
- To be the champion of God's people, the Jews in the Old Law, the Christians in the New Testament; therefore he was the patron of the Church, and of the orders of knights during the Middle Ages.
- To call away from earth and bring men's souls to judgment ("signifer S. Michael repraesentet eas in lucam sanctam", Offert. Miss Defunct. "Constituit eum principem super animas suscipiendas", Antiph. off. Cf. The Shepherd of Hermas, Book III, Similitude 8, Chapter 3).
|St. Michael the weighing of souls|
|Apparition of St. Michael at Mount Gargano|
|Byzantine icon of St. Michael 13th century|
|St. Michael's name in Hebrew|
Protestant views of St. Michael
St. Michael mentioned in the Qur'an
beliefs of St. Michael
“Patron saints are chosen as special protectors or guardians over areas of life. These areas can include occupations, illnesses, churches, countries, causes -- anything that is important to us. The earliest records show that people and churches were named after apostles and martyrs as early as the fourth century.
|Bulgarian women at the Feast of St. Michael|
He is known worldwide as the Patron saint of Law Enforcement and soldiers.
Later in the 15th century, Jean Molinet glorified the primordial feat of arms of the archangel as "the first deed of knighthood and chivalrous prowess that was ever achieved."Thus Michael was the natural patron of the first chivalric order of France, the Order of Saint Michael of 1469.
In the British honours system, a chivalric order founded in 1818 is also named for these two saints, the Order of St Michael and St George.
The Order of Michael the Brave is Romania's highest military decoration.
Based on the legend of his 8th century apparition at Mont-Saint-Michel, France, the Archangel is the patron of mariners in this famous sanctuary.
After the evangelisation of Germany, where mountains were often dedicated to pagan gods, Christians placed many mountains under the patronage of the Archangel, and numerous mountain chapels of St. Michael appeared all over Germany.
He has been the patron saint of Brussels since the Middle Ages.
The city of Arkhangelsk in Russia is named for the Archangel. Ukraine and its capital Kiev also consider Michael their patron saint and protector.
|Michaelite Fathers http://www.michaelites.ca/congregationintro.htm|
The Congregation of Saint Michael the Archangel (CSMA), also known as the Michaelite Fathers, is a religious order of the Roman Catholic Church founded in 1897.
|St. Micheal's Golden-Domed Monastery, Kiev, Ukraine|
|St. Michael icon at Sinai (Egypt) by K. Weitzmann|
|Micheal's statue at Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome|
|Mont Saint Michel in Normandy, France|
A Portuguese Carmelite nun, Antónia d'Astónaco, had reported an apparition and private revelation of the Archangel Michael who had told to this devoted Servant of God, in 1751, that she would like to be honored, and God glorified, by the praying of nine special invocations. These nine invocations correspond to invocations to the nine choirs of angels and origins the famous Chaplet of Saint Michael. This private revelation and prayers were approved by Pope Pius IX in 1851. (*The prayer Chaplet of Satin Michael and Nine Choirs of Angels will be under their own posts)
|St. Michael reaching to save souls in purgatory|